Nine individually designed bicycle stands have been installed at Wyre Forest’s new leisure centre. The striking steel panels feature abstract images with a sporting theme.
The panels have been designed by Birmingham based artist Saranjit Birdi. He successfully submitted a design proposal to the project team. This included Wyre Forest District Council, Places for People Leisure and their construction partners Pellikaan. Installing a piece of public artwork was a condition of the planning permission for the new leisure centre.
The images on the cycle stands include swimming, climbing, football and badminton. They are located at the front of the new leisure centre.
“This project has been very special to me and being selected as artist by the Wyre Forest District Council was a joy and privilege. It brings together my interests in motivating people to healthy lifestyles, as a dancer and fitness instructor for over two decades, and an opportunity to create visual art complimenting an inspiring architectural design. I am very pleased with the final designs as I hope the users of the centre will be.”
The leisure centre opened on Wednesday 6 July. It has a sports hall, six lane 25m swimming pool, learner pool with moveable floor, fitness suite, dance studios, climbing wall and small-sided outdoor pitches. There is also a cafe with viewing areas, a double height children’s adventure play area, a health suite with sauna and steam room and free parking. The public artwork was included within the overall project costs.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said:
“The public artwork is another great feature of this new leisure centre. We have had great feedback about the facilities since the centre opened on Wednesday 6 July. The modern energy efficient centre is hosting a greater variety of activities and offering first class leisure and sporting facilities. ”